Manchester City’s Premier League title defence begins on Sunday when they make the trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United at 16:30, while there is also action from Old Trafford and the King Power Stadium to get stuck into earlier in the day.
Pep Guardiola’s men edged out Liverpool to lift the trophy last season and first up for the Citizens in the 2022/23 campaign is a tricky clash against the Hammers, who have been busy in the current transfer window.
Scottish tactician David Moyes has managed to bring in Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet, adding strength to several areas of the squad ahead of City’s visit.
As for the Citizens, they have brought in Kalvin Phillips, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega to bolster a squad already brimming with talent and the reigning champions will be eyeing another successful season.
City are unbeaten in their past 13 Premier League meetings with West Ham – winning 10 and drawing three – while they have won all three matches to nil when facing the Hammers on the opening weekend of a top-flight campaign.
Before that meeting at the London Stadium, there are two other games kicking off at 14:00, with Leicester City hosting Brentford while Brighton make the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
The Red Devils are beginning a new chapter of manager Erik ten Hag but the former Ajax boss will be without France international Anthony Martial, who is out with a hamstring strain, but Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw have both recovered from illness.
Marc Cucurella recently completed his move to Chelsea, leaving the Seagulls with a gap to fill at left wing-back, while Alexis Mac Allister is available after shaking off a recent groin issue.
Over at the King Power Stadium, Leicester will be aiming to win their opening Premier League match for the third straight season when taking on Brentford (Match Result – Leicester EVS, Draw 11/4, Brentford 11/4).
The Foxes are without Ricardo Pereira, who has been ruled out for six months after rupturing his Achilles in the friendly against Sevilla, while Harvey Barnes was also forced off in that clash and faces several weeks out.
Brentford are without the services of Kristoffer Ajer and Sergi Canos for the start of the season through injury, but summer signing Ben Mee could be handed his debut by manager Thomas Frank.